Bay City vs. Philadelphia
Gettysburg Game #4
Gettysburg Vintage Base Ball Festival
Plank Field, Gettysburg, PA
Bay City 30, Philadelphia 6
After laboring in the hot, Pennsylvania hillside for eight hours the previous day, the Independents arrived for the early match, and the first of back to back matches on a beautiful Sunday morning. There opponent on this day was the Athletic base ball club of Philadelphia, and a finer bunch of uniformed ballists you'll be hard pressed to find. The Philly boys are known to joke, prod, and cajole one another like a tight band of brothers and taking the field with gents like those is always a good time.
The Athletics won the bat toss with a unique style that was duly noted by the Bay City captain. Having succeeded in the bat toss the Athletics chose to strike first, and took full advantage with a daisy cutter to the garden, a stolen base, and then a howitzer to the long field that saw their third striker make his second. He would then make his third on another infield hit by the fourth striker in their order. The advancement would end there though, as the fifth striker tried to employ a fair foul that was promptly gathered by the Bay City catcher, Branden "The Rope" Revette, who then fired a trademark shot to first sack to kill the striker and freeze the runners. The sixth striker in the order then hit a sky ball to Doc Garcia at third, which he deftly handled, and the uprising was complete.
Now down 1 to 0, and not having scored in their past ten complete innings, the Bay Citys took to willow whipping with some serious style. The strikers of note for Bay City in the innings were Sean "Tanner" LeRoux, Alan "Kid" Garcia, Jason "Buttons" McInerney, Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, and Tom "Cat" LeRoux. Each of these gents would tally, and all but Garcia would make their seconds on their garden gulping gashes. Bay City would end their first with a lead at 5-1.
The second innings would begin with Bay City skunking the Athletics in order before picking up the parade around the pillows again for themselves. This time the Independents would send thirteen gents to the stripe and make eight aces for our home town boys. Jeff "Silverback" Rahl, Branden "The Rope" Revette, and Justin "Doc" Garcia would each make their second on their howitzers in the innings, but unfortunately Garcia would be lost for the entirety due to injury following his smash. The Bay Citys had now lengthened their margin at 13-1.
In the third innings the Athletics would add a run when their captain singled, took his second due to theft, and tallied on a daisy cutter by their lead striker. Bay City would still win the innings though, after plating 3 more of their own with Tanner LeRoux, Kid Garcia, and Cat LeRoux all crossing the dish. Cat and Zachary "Tiny" Stedry each had muckle shots to the long field that saw them each make their second.
The Bay Citys would whitewash the Philedelphia contingent again in the fourth, and would send another dozen strikers to the mark for themselves gathering a harvest of seven more aces. Aside from the tallying seven, strikers of note were Dave "Spare Parts" Ringler, and Jeremy "Schoolboy" Stedry who each made their seconds. After four innings Bay City was now ahead 23-2.
The Independents would shuffle their defenders in the fifth innings, and the Athletics would take advantage of their opportunity scoring four runs after their first two hands were lost. The Bay Citys would extend their streak of innings won however, making five more aces of their own thanks to three consecutive double making howitzers from the bats of Silverback Rahl, Cat LeRoux, and Spare Parts Ringler.
After the fifth innings, discussions were had about time restraints for the match, and it was agreed that the game would be complete upon the finish of the seventh innings. The Bay Citys would then go on to whitewash the Athletics in their sixth, and seventh, plating only twice more in their sixth and forgoing their final at bats to bring the contest to a close at Bay City 30, and Philadelphia 6.
As mentioned previously, a finer, and more fun bunch of gentlemen you will never run across, and we in Bay City would love to play such club anywhere at anytime. It is this type of comradarie, and love for the game that the Athletics employ that makes the game fun to play.